Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!

There is a relationship between the two readings of today. We have Ruth a Moabite woman staying with her mother-in-law and the Greatest Commandment Gospel.

The Greatest Commandment shows the relationship we must have with each other and God.

Ruth’s staying with her mother-in-law, Naomi, is a great example of the Great Commandment.  Ruth’s  mother-in-law must have been a wonderfully gentle woman.  The women had a very close relationship and neither could think of leaving the other.  Ruth was so dedicated to her, loved her, was friends with her that she says to Naomi: “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

The love of Ruth and her mother-in-law binds each to the other, just as when we love our neighbours we are bound to our community, to others.  If that love is deep and committed it reflects our Love for God.  Can we say to God, promise God that His people shall be our people?  Not an easy thing, but one of the most important part of the Great Commandment.

Divine Wisdom help me not to abandon or forsake You.  For where you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, Your people shall be my people.

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